first dictionary with @?

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Apr 19 01:00:50 UTC 2004

>On Sun, 18 Apr 2004, sagehen wrote:
>>>>Was it, as I always thought, simply a way of writing "ea." ?
>>>>A. Murie
>>>??? What would the <ea.> have signified?
>>Price per one; as in "2 pr. socks,  ea. (@) .60    1.20".
>Thanks - I did not know that <ea.> was ever used that way.

And to be more explicit for anyone unfamiliar, the "ea." abbreviates
"each".  I've seen "ea." used that way (though not recently), and I'm
sure my first encounters with @ were in the above use.  It's
certainly a plausible speculation, although if we find a Danish or
French use of @ predating the English one, it becomes less so.


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